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NCI is proud to carry on the rich traditions of our endowed lecture series and programs. These events have an established place in the fabric of the campus and the community. Thanks to the continued generosity of alumnae and friends, we are pleased to showcase the following events and programs:


The Alberto-Culver Lecture Series, established by Carol Bernick (NC ’74), invites distinguished, nationally recognized professional women to campus to meet with students and discuss pertinent topics about women in business.

The Florie Gale Arons ‘50 Poetry Forum was established by her daughters Andrea Arons Houseman (NC’82), Lisa Arons Aldridge and Gina Arons in 1999 in honor of her 70th birthday, and still flourishes. Past Poets have given readings as well as lead writing workshops for undergraduates.

View Florie Gale Arons '50 Poetry Forum Archives Online

The Betty Werlein Carter’ (NC’ 31) Lecture, established by the family and friends of the alumna, provides women students with information training, experience, contacts and involvement in the public policy arena.

The Custard Lecture, funded by Marla Custard (NC ’91) brings speakers connected to the LGBTQ community to campus.

View Custard Lecture Archives Online

The Dorothy K. Daspit (NC ’28) Lecture Series, established by her nephew Frank A. Daspit (A&S ’58) and niece Caroline Daspit (NC’69), brings accomplished female scholars in the sciences to campus to present a lecture and meet with lab groups and the Women in Science student organization.

The Wirtz-Costello Lecture, established by the family of Gail Wirtz-Costello (NC’ 76) in 2006, supports educational programs promoting awareness on current health and social issues pertaining to college women.

The Adele Ramos Salzer ’40 Lecture and Reading Series was created by a donation from this dedicated alumna volunteer has been generously strengthened through gifts in her memory from her family, friends, and classmates. The series supports academic programs focusing on women's experiences in higher education.

View Adele Ramos Salzer '40 Lecture and Reading Series Archives Online

The Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence Program provides a unique opportunity for students and members of the university community to meet with a notable woman writer as she spends a week on campus. The program was established by Dana Zale Gerard (NC ’85), and made possible by an annual gift from the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation of Dallas, Texas.  In 2010, the program became fully endowed through a gift from Martha McCarty Kimmerling (NC’63).

View Zale-Kimmerling Program Archives Online

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